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Reader Opinion: Heintzeman represents all of us?

Josh Heintzeman, Paul Gazelka and homeschooling families do not represent all of us. By their actions they have rejected the "unity" of public schools in favor of "separation" from public schools.

Josh Heintzeman, Paul Gazelka and homeschooling families do not represent all of us. By their actions they have rejected the "unity" of public schools in favor of "separation" from public schools.

Minnesota Public Schools are some of the "best" in the nation. Brainerd Public Schools are the "best" in Minnesota. Heintzeman wants to fix them?

I told Paul Gazelka, when he was running against John Ward, that we needed his kids and all homeschoolers in the public schools so they could be in bands, choirs and sports. Public schools also need these homeschoolers as helpers, leaders and role models for all students.

I also told him that we needed the per pupil funding the district receives for each student, so we can maintain staff and curriculum for all students.

Paul Gazelka's response was, and I paraphrase, we don't want our kids in an undisciplined environment where they have to hear all kinds of bad language. Paul's last comment to me, as he left my driveway, was "If you can't vote for me, then pray for me." I said I would.

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The Brainerd School District loses $5,800 per homeschooled student (130 currently) equaling $754,000 this year.

How many teachers could be hired (smaller class sizes) and programs retained for every child if these "exceptional" homeschoolers were enrolled in our public school system?

I lost my music job at Crosby-Ironton, in part, due to budget cuts. C-I had 100 homeschoolers that year plus 100 at the Emily Charter School. One million in lost revenue.

The idea that Josh Heintzeman is trying to fix the best schools in the nation is both repulsive and paradoxical (contradictory).

I taught for years in Aitkin and C-I. The idea that there are a lot of bad teachers in our public schools is false.

Bruce G. Femling

Baxter

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